Compact Fusion Reactor

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The future of energy is almost here.

The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Skunk Works® team is working on a new compact fusion reactor (CFR) that can be developed and deployed in as little as ten years. Currently, there are several patents pending that cover their approach.

While fusion itself is not new, the Skunk Works has built on more than 60 years of fusion research and investment to develop an approach that offers a significant reduction in size compared to mainstream efforts.

“Our compact fusion concept combines several alternative magnetic confinement approaches, taking the best parts of each, and offers a 90 percent size reduction over previous concepts,” said Tom McGuire, compact fusion lead for the Skunk Works’ Revolutionary Technology Programs. “The smaller size will allow us to design, build and test the CFR in less than a year.”

After completing several of these design-build-test cycles, the team anticipates being able to produce a prototype in five years. As they gain confidence and progress technically with each experiment, they will also be searching for partners to help further the technology.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.


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I lol'd hard when he talked about military vehicles and clean energy at the same time. These two cant be combined in one sentence. Either military which brings destruction or clean energy that helps in keeping the world better environment for living.
 
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I lol'd hard when he talked about military vehicles and clean energy at the same time. These two cant be combined in one sentence. Either military which brings destruction or clean energy that helps in keeping the world better environment for living.
Yeah you just can't try to save the world cleaning it, but at the same time destroying it, they should apply this to other purposes, like giving energy in places where the weather don't allow solar energy to work properly or in undeveloped villages through out the world.

Anyway is pretty interesting, this company always with their awesome advanced technology, there are some theories that they also operate in Area 51 and that they have participated in reverse engineering on you know "UFOs", and taking in consideration that hey made the F-35 and that new system that detects anything from the skies, it is easy to think that maybe they have other sources out of this world, just saying.
 
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It is not so much the size of fusion reactors that's the issue - it's not like space is a premium in the States, it's a pretty big place. The problem is the temperature - its takes such high temperatures (plasma clouds) that dissipate heat very quickly, and must be confined using strong magnetic forces) - otherwise this disrupts the fragile fusion reaction. Fission is easy, heavy unstable metals want to tear apart. Forcing atoms nuclei into a new atomic structure (weak force overtaking electrostatic force) is very fragile and easily disrupted process (i.e. it stops the reaction - no energy).

To be useful outside of a power station - i.e. for military use in vehicles and weaponry means room temperature fusion and without the need to super dense magnetos to contain the reaction. I.e. fairy tale stuff as far as military application goes.
 
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